You won’t need a time-traveling DeLorean to find your way back to the 1980s when synth-pop pioneer Howard Jones takes the stage at Red Butte Garden on June 28, 2022. The show promises to to be an epic 1980s dance party.
Jones is an early master of the electro-synthesized sound that became synonymous with the second British invasion of the United States in the 1980s, thanks in part to the rise of MTV in America. Jones had a dizzying top 40 hit of 15 between 1983 and 1992 with mega-hits like “No One Is to Blame” (1986), “What Is Love” (1983), “Like to Get to Know You Well” ( 1984), “Things Can Only Get Better” (1985) and a whole host of other synth and drum machine laden diddies that are sure to get you dancing.
Jones is on tour in support of a new record Dialogue should fall in July. The single “Who You Really Want to Be” is a new track without sacrificing the classic synth sound. Advanced technology gives a crisp freshness to Jones’ electronic music while retaining the beat that could still be featured in a reissue miami vice episode. Familiar but fresh. The new music will no doubt complement the classic hits that Jones is sure to add to the setlist.
Joining Jones on the tour is Midge Ure, the lead singer of Ultravox, a new wave band that scored 17 Top 40 hits in the UK from 1980 to 1986. Having lived in England for much of the 1980s, Midge Ure and Ultravox performed frequently on top pops, a weekly UK TV show which featured the UK’s top performers of the day. Ultravox never really broke into the US charts, but British New Wave fans of the day know them very well.
Fun fact for quiz fans: Howard Jones and Ultravox both performed at Live Aid on July 13, 1985, and Ure even co-hosted the event. Live Aid, for those too young to remember, was a gigantic televised benefit concert held at Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. It presented a who’s who of the artists of the time. Clips of the performances, including a legendary performance by Queen, can still be found on most streaming services.
Big hair, big glasses, shoulder pads and the voodoo economy are best buried deep in the past, but 80s music lives on as legions of fans discover or rediscover the new wave of dance pop that defined Gen X. .
- Who: Howard Jones
- What: 1980s Synth-Pop (cock-on-acid hairstyle not required)
- Where: Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
- When: June 28, 2022
- Tickets: redbuttegarden.org
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